Kogi Govt. wants to cause dichotomy in the health sector, alleges Dentists

The National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP) Kogi State chapter has slammed the state Government for paying some Heath workers full salaries and others half saying such attempt is to introduce dichotomy in the health sector with the view to weakening the fraternity.”

NAGGMDP made the allegations on Friday in a statement jointly signed by its Dr. Alhassan Abubakar and secretary Dr. Nuhu Topa Idris.

The statement noted that the association are firmly in support of the impending resumption of the earlier suspended industrial action by the Nigeria Medical Association.

The statement reads in parts ” It’s rather unfortunate that while the Muslim faithful are preparing for this year’s eidul-adha celebration, the State Government chose to dash the hope of many colleagues by resorting to the payment of half salary.

“The pangs of this reality were even made worse by the introduction of dichotomy in the health sector by Government. Doctors in Hospital Management Board (HMB) and ministry of health were singled out for this unfair treatment. Colleagues in Kogi State Specialist Hospital (KSSH), the University and other tertiary institutions got full salary.

“it is most disheartening that our members are still being owed months of salaries arrears and underpayments ranging from 2 to 18 months.

“We in NAGGMDP support the full payment of salary to those so affected but reject, without equivocation, the payment of half salary to the rest of us. We view Government’s current action as an attempt to introduce dichotomy in the health sector with the view to weakening the fraternity.”

It would be recalled that the state government on Thursday night admitted having paid some workers full salaries while others were paid 50% which was widely rejected by both labours and medical doctors in the state.